Els Van der Helm
Els van der Helm was the founder and lead organizer of the Beyond Academia 2013 conference and now serves a member of the Beyond Academia advisory board. Els hopes Beyond Academia will continue to help fellow-PhD students and post-docs find their way in the non-academic world. She is a sleep expert who founded Shleep - the sleep company, a start-up focused on coaching large organizations and leaders on how to improve effectiveness, health and engagement through better sleep management. Shleep provides in-person support (e.g., sleep workshops) and a sleep coaching app (Shleep). For over 2.5 years she worked as a management consultant at McKinsey where she combined her passion for leadership development and sleep. As a Fulbright scholar she studied the effects of sleep on the brain during her PhD in Psychology (University of California Berkeley) resulting in peer-reviewed articles in Current Biology, PLoS One, Psychological Bulletin, SLEEP, PNAS and several book chapters. For more information, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.shleepbetter.com.
Claire received her PhD in Neuroscience from UC Berkeley. Her research was focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning using state of the art optogenetic techniques. A past Boehringer-Ingelheim Fonds fellow, she has a BA in Biology and a Masters in Neurobiology (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris). Claire feels strongly about bridging the gap between academic and non-academic career paths. She is now a consultant at Bain.
Arne is a graduate careers advisor at Stanford University. He was formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Molecular and Cell Biology department, where he studied the adaptive immune system. He received his PhD at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. After obtaining his PhD and before moving to California to pursue his research goals, Arne worked as the Director of the Discovery Festival, a Dutch science festival combining live experiments, art, and new music into a progressive nighttime event.
Chris Holdgraf is a graduate student in Bob Knight’s cognitive neuroscience laboratory. He uses computational modeling and machine learning to study the ways in which our internal assumptions affect the way that we perceive and understanding the world around us. He’d like to think that brains are more similar to computers than we’d all like to imagine, and hopes to discover ways in which we can improve our knowledge of the brain by drawing inspiration from machine learning and computational methods (and vice versa!). He is also an avid science writer, blogging, editing, and managing for the Berkeley Science Review, a student-led publication and blog that covers science at Berkeley and Beyond. He believes that scientists should be skilled communicators as well as researchers, and has a particular love of making complex ideas understandable to everyday people.
Neena Kadaba is the Director, Science at Quark Venture, a Vancouver-based venture fund. Previously, Dr. Kadaba was the Director of Strategic Partnerships at QB3, the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences and a Kauffman Fellow and Associate at Itochu Technology, Inc. Dr. Kadaba received her PhD in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and her undergraduate and masters’ degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Doug Kalish is an educator, consultant, and serial entrepreneur who has founded or been an early executive in three companies. With a deep life sciences and information technology background and over 30 years of management experience, Doug provides strategic business and product advice to the information technology and biotechnology industries, with an emphasis on organizational design, collaboration, and knowledge and content management. Doug is also a Visiting Scholar in the Management of Technology program at the Haas School of Business, UC-Berkeley.
Sahar is a 5th year PhD student in Vision Science. Her research interests are centered mostly on neuroplasticity—the possibility of the brain changing for the better, and applications for tools and therapies stemming from these changes, specifically aiming to train attention and memory. Before and during her BA in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley, she was active in community building and leadership, elected as the youngest student member of the Ohlone College Board of Trustees to date. Sahar co-founded and directed the California Cognitive Science Conference, served as President to multiple organizations, and was granted several awards for leadership excellence. Sahar has also been facilitating a course at Cal teaching Tamarkoz® (Sufi meditation) since 2010.
Jane C. Hu has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California–Berkeley and was a 2014 AAAS Mass Media Fellow. Her research focused on social cognition and learning in preschool-aged children. A consultant for Little Spark, an early childhood development company, and a former editor of the Berkeley Science Review, she is passionate about science outreach and communication. She is currently at the University of Washington’s I-LABS working in research outreach. Follow Jane on Twitter @jane_c_hu, or check out her cogsci blog: metacogs.tumblr.com
John Paulas is president and founder of PhD Matters Ltd, a company that offers complete career consulting services for individual PhDs, community-building workshops and career services for universities and professional societies, and recruitment and staffing services for businesses and organizations in all sectors. John received his PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago and became connected to Beyond Academia when he worked at UC Berkeley’s Townsend Center for the Humanities.
Aaron is a doctoral candidate in the Jurisprudence & Social Policy program at Berkeley Law. His research focuses on how organizations make decisions with regard to regulatory compliance. He is the Internal Vice President of Berkeley's Graduate Assembly student government and sits on the ASUC Student Union's Board of Directors. A long-time advocate of non-academic career paths for doctoral students, he has chaired the Graduate Assembly's Professional Development Work Group, and currently represents graduate students on the Graduate Council's Professional Development Subcommittee.